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Members of the Skidmore community explored issues surrounding antiracism, diversity and equity through workshops, film screenings, dialogues and other virtual events during the programming series Oct. 6-9.

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Join President Marc Conner and Luis Miranda Jr. at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, for a lively discussion about Miranda’s life, career and thoughts on fatherhood; the value of public service and the liberal arts; Miranda’s involvement with Skidmore; and his thoughts on the new HBO documentary about his life, "Siempre, Luis."

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Skidmore faculty experts reflect on the race for the White House, recent debates and other factors in this year’s election.

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Poet Louise Gluck, a Skidmore College honorary degree recipient and a regular participant in the New York State Summer Writers Institute for more than three decades, has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Dining Services

Bread sale: Order on the Dining Services website by Tuesday, Oct. 20, for pickup on Friday, Oct. 23, between 3 and 5 p.m. in the Atrium Café. Flavors are pumpkin chocolate chip, apple cinnamon, sourdough, ciabatta, vegan banana, and butter bread.


Take-and-bake apple crisp: For $8, get everything you need — from apples and premeasured ingredients to ice cream and a baking pan — to bake a delicious apple crisp for four to six people. Orders must be placed online by Oct. 16 for pickup on Oct. 23.  


The Spa, the Atrium Café and Burgess Café are open to students and Skidmore employees. Murray-Aikins Dining Hall, including the new Murray-Aikins Dining Hall Express, are open to students only this fall. Hours of operation and Spa specials are available online.

Human Resources

Training for upgraded Oracle Cloud system

As announced at the October staff meeting, Skidmore will switch to an upgraded Oracle Cloud system for financial and human resources functions including benefits, payroll, accounts payable, purchasing and recruitment. A variety of training opportunities and materials will be available ahead of the January 2021 rollout of the upgraded system. We are pleased to announce the creation of a new Oracle Cloud training website, which will be updated regularly with user manuals, training videos and a schedule of live training opportunities. Regular updates will continue to be provided through the Skidmore Weekly Bulletin.  


Finance staff will host a community Q&A session from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, via Zoom (meeting ID 968 4707 1460). We hope you will join us for this opportunity to ask questions and understand more about this new, enhanced system.


Vanguard one-on-one consultations

Vanguard is holding one-on-one phone consultations for Skidmore College employees through Thursday, Oct. 15. Visit the Vanguard website to schedule an appointment.


Harassment prevention and minors compliance training

All employees must complete an annual workplace harassment prevention and minors compliance training. Human Resources will formally announce the details of this year's mandatory online training for all employees this week.  


Breakfast with HR: Supervisor Roundtable

The next Breakfast with HR will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28. Registration for supervisors will be available via the HR training website later this week. Topics for this month include “An Open Discussion on Managing Remote Teams” and “Conducting 1:1 Meetings.”


Live More Skidmore: October wellness programs

MVP Living Well Programs and partnering community organizations are offering new wellness opportunities and discounts, including MiSci Museum admission tickets for MVP members, a Max Effort Training class discount for all Skidmore employees, and free Inward Office Yoga classes for all Skidmore employees. 

Faculty-Staff Achievements

Click here for details about the achievements below.


Daniel Johnston, visiting assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, co-authored a paper. Read more >> 


Marketa Halova Wolfe, associate professor of economics, co-authored an academic article. Read more >>


Switchover from air conditioning

With the cooler weather now upon us, Facilities is beginning the process of shutting down the campus chill water plant. While there is still a chance for a few warm days, this process takes several weeks and must be completed ahead of freezing temperatures. Air conditioning will no longer be available in the following buildings: Old Dana, Bolton Hall, Palamountain Hall, Tisch Learning Center, Barrett Center, Howe-Rounds, Wait Hall, Jonsson Tower, Case Center, Ladd Hall, Scribner Library and JKB Theater.


Tang Live: Art & Imagination in Activism

A conversation about art and imagination in activism will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, through the Tang Instagram account. Tang public programming intern Peris Tushabe ’21 and local artists and activists Daesha Devón Harris and Kim Harris will discuss the intersections of the siblings’ art and activism, with particular attention to Kim’s recent mural commemorating the life of Darryl Mount; and Malchijah Hoskins ’22, member of the Skidmore Government Association, the Tang Student Advisory Council and the social justice collective Pass the Mic, will talk about the role of imagination and creativity in activism and protest culture.


"Never Done" Artist Talk with Sonya Clark

Sonya Clark, a textile and social practice artist known for using hair, combs, beads and other everyday materials to explore history, race, culture and class, will join “Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond" co-curators Rachel Seligman and Minita Sanghvi for a Zoom conversation at noon Friday, Oct. 16. Clark’s work is on view in the exhibition. Register for the talk in advance.


Faculty roundtable on teaching during the pandemic

The Center for Leadership, Teaching and Learning is hosting virtual roundtables for faculty to share their successes, challenges and questions about different modes of teaching during the pandemic. A discussion on in-person teaching will be led by Kate Graney at noon Friday, Oct. 16, via Zoom (Meeting ID: 970 4438 7705 and passcode: 395323).


Career Jam

The Career Development Center is hosting the 11th annual Career Jam, Skidmore’s largest professional networking event of the year, virtually through Friday, Oct. 16. Students have access to an entire week of programming, with each day focused on a specific career community. Included are unique opportunities to interact with parents and alumni at organizations such as Google, Pixar Animation Studios, Bristol Myers Squibb, Warner Brothers, Santander Bank, the Office of Michelle Obama and many more. See the full schedule of events.


Celebration Weekend

Celebration Weekend will take place virtually this year, offering programming on Oct. 16 and 17, as well as several options available at leisure. Many campus partners are making this year’s event possible. For more information about programming and registration, visit the Celebration Weekend website.


Award-winning CBS producer to speak at Religious Studies event

Liz Kineke, former executive producer of CBS Religion and a Wilbur Award winner, will speak at a Religious Studies event, "Religion is Always in the Room," at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, via Zoom.


Double Feature Under the Stars: "Oliver Sacks: His Own Life" & “ah, Teng”

MDOCS will present an encore screening of the new documentary film "Oliver Sacks: His Own Life" at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, outside the Tang tent, followed by a screening of “ah, Teng,” a poetic documentary by Shana Kleiner ’20 set in a house in suburban New Jersey where Teng Teng, a mother of two daughters, has stage four breast cancer. “ah Teng” will be followed by a Zoom Q&A with Kleiner. Registration is required through SkidSync.


An Evening with Kevin Young

Kevin Young, author, poet and poetry editor at The New Yorker, will hold a live, hourlong reading and conversation with the Skidmore community at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, as part of a virtual residency with the Black Studies Program and English Department at Skidmore. Young is the editor of the new anthology, "African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song," which is scheduled for release on Oct. 20. He has just been named the next director of the National Museum of African American History & Culture. For more information and to register, visit the event website. The event is part of Skidmore's Racial Justice Initiative and sponsors include Skidmore's Arts Administration Program, the Black Studies Program, the English Department and the Office of Alumni Relations & College Events.


Skidmore Encore presents “Pandemic Impacts"

The popular lecture series Skidmore Encore will be presented live online in two 45-minute webinars each Tuesday from Oct. 13 through Nov. 10. Next week’s theme is “Pandemic Impacts.” On Tuesday, Oct. 20, Associate Professor of Education Studies Hope Casto will consider “Reflections on the Role of Schools in the U.S.: What the COVID-19 Pandemic Forced Us to Understand about American Public Schools” from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., and Professor of Economics Joerg Bibow will discuss “The Economic Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic” from noon to 12:45 p.m. The program is free for Skidmore students, faculty, staff and the College’s retirees. Visit the Skidmore Encore webpage to register.


“SHIFT” online exhibit and artist talks

SHIFT shows how a small group of documentarians adapted and created despite and because of the global challenges of 2020. See first-hand the stunning and diverse works that came from the individuals and teams that made up the first ever virtual MDOCS Stoytellers’ Institute, as well as works created collaboratively using innovative online tools and some more traditional forms of communication. The exhibit is open online, and artist talks will be hosted via Instagram at 6 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 15 and 22. The Oct. 15 talk will be hosted by filmmakers Shalon Buskirk, Haley Hnatuk and Drew Swedberg. For more information, visit the SHIFT website.


Domestic Violence Awareness Month programs

Throughout October, students, faculty and staff are invited to attend in-person events centered on education, action and healing. Activities include painting pumpkins purple for domestic violence awareness, transforming how we think about relationships through an Escalation Workshop and exploring the mind-body connection with a trauma-sensitive yoga class series. Participation is limited for these events, so check out SkidSync to learn more and RSVP. For more information, contact Gabriela Melillo, Title IX deputy coordinator for student affairs.


Great Pumpkin Challenge

Scribner Library's annual Great Pumpkin Challenge presents an opportunity to take a break from the middle-of-fall grind to craft or carve your best literary-themed pumpkin. Remote participants are welcome. Entries are due by 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26. To register for the contest, fill out this form.


Scholarly and Creative Endeavors (SCE) 2021

The Center for Leadership, Teaching and Learning would like to hear from faculty and staff who are interested in leading a Scholarly and Creative Endeavors (SCE) group for a one-week winter camp or during the spring 2021 semester. The goal of the SCE Work Group is to create a supportive community of scholars and practitioners through the sharing of writing, research and creative portfolios. To express interest or for more information, contact Kristie A. Ford.


2021 MDOCS Storytellers’ Institute announces open call for student fellows

Documentarians, artists and storytellers are invited to apply to the 2021 MDOCS Storytellers’ Institute, a fully funded residency for Skidmore students in creative nonfiction. Be inspired by and receive mentorship from renowned artists, be part of an exciting intellectual community and receive dedicated time and support to make creative work. This year’s theme, Co-Creation: Delights, Discontents, and Dislocations, will address the ways in which makers work with each other, institutions and communities to make engaging work; and the new importance and challenges of collaboration during the pandemic. Applications are due Tuesday, Oct. 27. For more information, visit the website.


Virtual events can be added to college calendar

Review these instructions for adding virtual events to the college’s master calendar or contact Megan Bove, scheduling and event coordinator, for assistance.


Student Academic Services space open for use

Student Academic Services, on the lower level of Starbuck Center, is open for quiet study and computer use from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Sign up in advance.


OCSE Travel Seminars

The Office of Off-Campus Study & Exchanges invites individual faculty, faculty teams or faculty and staff teams to submit proposals for short-term, faculty-led travel seminars for January, March or summer 2022. Proposals are due to OCSE by Tuesday, Dec. 1. For more information, contact Emily Gaul or Cori Filson.


Skidmore Shop

During the Skidmore Shop’s online Celebration Weekend sale Oct. 16-18, shoppers can enjoy 15% off all branded items.


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Accessing College Resources

The following resources and services are currently available to the Skidmore community. Updates and additions to this list will be posted each week in the Skidmore Weekly Bulletin. Please submit updates to this list by email.


Skidmore College continues to provide campus-wide fall semester updates here.


Academic Advising

At this time, the Office of Academic Advising is best able to serve students, faculty and parents through phone or Zoom meetings. Appointments can be scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Same-day appointments are often available. Visit the office webpage or find more contact information here.


Accounts Payable

Staff are working remotely and strongly encourage sending documentation (invoices, check requests, expense reports and other forms) electronically through scanned email attachments to Accounts Payable. Original signatures are not required, and scanned copies will be accepted. If a preparer or approver is unable to physically sign a document, Accounts Payable will accept an email directly from the individual. Please note in the email, "As an authorized signor for my department, I have reviewed and approved the attached payment request." Please note that most vendor payments are now being made by ACH transfer and employee reimbursements are being processed as a check mailed to your home address on file. Please email Accounts Payable if you have any cash deposits, and special arrangements for building access and drop-off will be made with Campus Safety or the Card Office.


Career Development Center 

The Career Development Center continues to support all students. Students are invited to schedule an appointment or have their documents reviewed.


Center for Leadership, Teaching, and Learning

Scholarly and Creative Endeavors Work Groups (SCE) are taking on a new format this semester. Three groups will be led virtually via Zoom from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Zoom details were shared via email. Also, due to budget constraints, the CLTL is no longer able to provide lunch tickets. In addition, for health and safety reasons, Weller Room (Library 212) will not be available for faculty and staff to access this fall. Skidmore ID access has been suspended until further notice.


Community Service 

The Office of Community Service Programs continues to share ways to give back. Like the Skidmore Office of Community Service Facebook page for weekly updates. Virtual office hours will be held every Monday from 2 to 2:30 p.m. To schedule an individual appointment, email Michelle Hubbs and she will send you a meeting request. If you are looking for voter registration information, please see "How to Register to Vote In Your State."


Employee Assistance Program

Employees seeking counseling services may make use of the Employee Assistance Program.


Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office is open during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and staff are available by email and by phone at 518-580-5750.


First-Year Experience

The First-Year Experience office is working remotely for the fall semester. Email is the best way to contact staff, but you can also call 518-580-8111 and leave a voicemail.


Health Services and the Counseling Center

Health Services and the Counseling Center are available to support students.


Human Resources/Payroll

Human Resources continues to update Faculty/Staff FAQs on a regular basis, including employee testing questions. The HR team is available by phone 518-580-5800 or email.


Non-exempt employees with questions concerning time entry should contact Joan Rivers in Payroll.


Information Technology

Information Technology asks faculty to email all Help Desk requests to a new Faculty Help Desk to expedite responses. In your email, it is essential that you include a cellphone or landline number so someone from IT can contact you. Calling the Help Desk phone line will not be your quickest means of support. Staff should continue to submit IT support requests by emailing the Help Desk or calling 518-580-5900 from 8:30 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


The IT Help Desk is now offering Live Chat Support. The chat function can be accessed by clicking the Live Support button on the left side of the IT Help Desk webpage. It will be green when support is available. This week, chat support will be available from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Starting Aug. 24, Live Chat Support will be staffed by full-time staff from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and until midnight and on weekends by Help Desk student assistants.


Off-Campus Study & Exchanges

OCSE staff continue to hold open advising hours from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday via zoom. Check out their remote advising webpage for the Zoom link or to schedule an appointment. Follow @globalskidmore on Instagram and watch for upcoming events.


Opportunity Program

The Opportunity Program remains available to offer support to all OP students, on campus and off. Staff will be working remotely this fall semester to assist with advising, academic support and social support. OP students should feel encouraged to reach out to staff by email and/or schedule video conferencing for any needs that arise.


Post Office

The Post Office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Skidmore IDs and departmental purchasing cards are the only form of payment accepted; cash is no longer accepted. Until further notice, distributions and notices are no longer accepted. For more information, email the Skidmore Post Office.


Print Services

Print Services is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Until further notice, all finished jobs must be picked up at Print Services; delivery service has been suspended. Skidmore IDs and departmental purchasing cards are the only form of payment accepted; cash is no longer accepted. If you are experiencing a service issue or have a printing question, contact Jim Pfoh. 



The Purchasing Office is fully operational and accessible by emailing Anne Petruzzelli or Carol Schnitzer or leaving a voicemail at 518-580-5848 or 518-580-5849.


Registrar’s Office

The Registrar’s Office is working remotely for the fall semester. Email is the best way to contact staff, but you can also call and leave a voicemail. Contact information for staff can be found here.


Residential Life

The Office of Residential Life is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and available to support students. Staff are working on campus and remotely and can be reached by calling 518-580-5765 or by email.


Scheduling Office

The Scheduling Office collaborated with Academic and Student Affairs to ensure students have space for quiet study and extracurricular activities while following health and safety guidelines. Academic building hours are posted. For policies regarding use of space this fall, visit the webpage or check availability in EMS. For more information about policies or how to request a space in EMS, email the Scheduling Office.


Scribner Library

Scribner Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday with first-, second- and third-floor access only. A valid Skidmore ID is required to enter the building, and students need to present their cleared CoVerified screen. The library is circulating physical books with pickup available at the Circulation Desk. To request materials, fill out the library’s online form. For research help, visit the “Ask Us” page to access FAQs and connect with a librarian through chat, phone or email. Email your subject librarian to make a one-on-one Zoom appointment. Consult the library's welcome packet for additional information about access, resources and help. Please note: there are additional printers for students in Case Center — one on the second floor in the SGA lounge and one next to Print Services.


Sponsored Research

The Office of Sponsored Research is working remotely for the fall semester. Email is the best way to contact staff, but you can also call and leave a voicemail. Contact information for staff can be found at the bottom of the Sponsored Research webpage.


Student Academic Services

Student Academic Services (SAS) makes professional one-on-one academic support available to all Skidmore students. SAS serves students interested in strengthening their academic performance and offers assistance in developing a wide range of academic skills and practices. Academic counselors are available by appointment


Tang Teaching Museum

The Tang is open for scheduled classes and faculty appointments during the week, and for drop-in hours for students, faculty and staff from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit the Tang’s COVID response page.


Writing Center

At the Philip Boshoff Writing Center, trained student tutors offer one-on-one consultations for writers at every stage of the writing process, from assignment sheet to final revisions. This fall, all appointments will be online. Zoom will be the primary tool for online appointments, but the center will also support tutoring through Google Docs, Skype, FaceTime, WeChat, voice or some other method of communication. Fall 2020 tutoring hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Students may check the schedule for appointment times.

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